By Federal Aviation Administration
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The B4UFLY app provides model aircraft users with situational awareness and considers the user’s current or planned location in relation to operational restrictions to derive a specific status indicator. The color and shape coded status indicators inform the user if model aircraft operation is prohibited, requires the user to take certain actions, or if there are no FAA operating restrictions other than flying safely. All model aircraft operations must always yield the right-of-way to manned aircraft.
Key features include:
- Heads-Up Status View for quick “at-a-glance” review of current status
- Map Interface to plot nearby flight restrictions
- Planner Mode - an advanced user feature to “plan” for different flight locations and times
- More Info - helpful links for using the B4UFLY app and additional FAA resources
What's New in Version 2.0
Updated graphics, new flight planning features, bug fixes, updates to flight rules in the Washington DC area
B4ufly. Overall observations
OK, here is how I see this almost useless app. I know where I live and after looking at the map one time I can see all the airports close enough to me that need to be legally notified of my drone flights. I spent a lot of time not in the app finding the correct telephone numbers needed to report a flight. I have found the airport towers or airport operations extremely helpful and happy to walk me through the process of reporting. Often times, if I am near their 5 mile boundary they explain that future notifications are not necessary.. Sometimes people I speak with at airports are confused and seem a bit lost as to the process or procedures. Lately, I have found that one airport I regularly notify have asked me to notify them one hour before a planned flight in order for them to log it into the database for NOTAMS. ( notice to airmen). It is not a problem but it is not supposed to be part of the process. I hope all towers and airports start to invent new hurdles and rules ad hock. I think that this whole system of calling to notify towers of flights at parks is not scalable and that it will totally overwhelm the system.
Could be a Great Start with Much Needed Upgrades to App
Suggestion - Add a notification via app, such that one enters their drone flight plan and the app sends it in to either the FAA or the airports within the 5 mile radius.
Foreflight does this for airplane flight plans.
Notification requirement for a helipad at a hospital seems a bit much. SC31 is designated by FAA as an airport when in fact all it is a landing pad for medical helicopters. The hospital doesn't own a helicopter and there are no services available other than transporting medical passengers and staff. The switchboard operator was not familiar with notification requirement.
Not having airport contact info available makes app much less useful than it could be. When there is already airport data available by so many other apps it seems that it should not be too hard to add this functionality.
I uploaded this app few weeks ago and it worked fine. Then, out of blue, it stopped working altogether. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling, no luck. I have tried rebooting device, no good. In my opinion, if the FAA feels/thinks it's important enough to create an app that provides drone pilots with situational awareness then the FAA should take the feedback of the users of the app and fix it. In its current configuration it is useless and doesn't provide the information it is intended to provide and thus is certainly not serving the purpose the app was created to serve. Come on guys (FAA, IT support, APP creator(s)) fix the darn thing.
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- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Jun 30, 2016
- Version: 2.0
- Size: 63.2 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Federal Aviation Administration
- © Federal Aviation Administration
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.